Just catching up with this topic, apologies for the delay.
ZJB & I have had somewhat similar journeys and treatment so much of what she says applies to me.
Your FS is right in one sense- that the STATS are likely to mean you'll have fewer embryos at 43 ... but they are stats only. I got 15+ eggs on every single egg collection and while they didn't translate into heaps of embryos, when you get to the desperate stage like we were, I believe anything is worth considering. I went a long way down the path to CGH at Genea in Sydney, we ended up having only two embies to test so at $6000, decided against it. However I was also influenced by the fact that of the two D&Cs 'product of conception' I had tested, NEITHER came back as chromosomally abnormal, so while it's probable as your FS says, and stats are against you, it wasn't the case with me. I will never know why I miscarried but poor embie/egg quality is most likely the answer. In fact, one of the reasons Genea recommends CGH is in older women suffering recurrent m/c. However, as ZJB said, it does not increase your chances of keeping a baby, it eliminates the chromosomally imperfect embies so anything you implant you know it ok from a chromosome perspective (obviously doesn't account for implantation issues etc which could also be a cause.)
There is a difference between PGD testing & CGH testing (PGD tends to be the generic name for embryo testings) - worth researching a bit. There's an up to date thread on CGH testing on another forum, PM me if you want the link, you could ask that group about clinics in Melb that do it if you wanted to go down that path.
Regarding prednisone I actually had very few side effects. I was on 25mgs per day and took it through to the end of the first trimester. I was bloated early in my pregnancy but that may not have been due to pred. My OB actually seemed to think it can mask the effects of morning sickness & I didn't have much so that could've been one benefit.
I don't think you're making too many appointments - arm yourself with as much info as possible ! However I do think it's worth going to see another FS at a clinic that does PGD or CGH.
The recurrent m/c clinic should also be able to give you more info on issues around implantation, uterine lining, natural killer cells etc.
Best of luck.
This post has been edited by Liltuss: 23/04/2012, 11:38 AM